Key Skills, Qualifications and Experience



  • Translation: Diploma in Translation from the Chartered Institute of Linguists (IoLET) Spanish to English combination, with merits in the general and semi-specialised social sciences papers. This qualification demands high standards of accuracy and range in both English and the source language


  • Languages: French and Spanish at degree level/level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR). German and Chinese (Mandarin) at beginners'/CEFR A2 level, Russian and Latin at beginners' level (O-Level)

  • Writing: I have experience of a wide range of writing in English; throughout my working life I have had to draft meeting notes, reports, letters, policy papers, and public guidance. From my degree and translation studies, I am familiar with reading and writing foreign language texts including academic essays, articles, and personal and business correspondence


  • Teaching: Preparatory Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language



Professional affiliation

  I am an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists.






2010 - 2016 BA Modern Language Studies with French and Spanish 1st Class Honours The Open University


1982 – 1985 BA Modern History Class II/I University of Oxford. Exhibitioner at Magdalen College.



Career history

My work experience includes:


- working as a TEFL teacher in Singapore, where I taught English to students of all ages from across Asia and Singapore's large expatriate European community


- over twenty years as a civil servant in the Department for Trade and Industry, now Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, where I was responsible, among other things, for negotiating two European directives on e-commerce and communications data privacy, and getting them implemented into UK law. This involved running public consultation exercises on the issues, making sure the final decisions were agreed across Government, and, sometimes, finding wording that could bridge the gap between different standpoints. My civil service career also involved working on competition and state aid for regional development and R&D


- being a clerk to governors in schools here in Devon, where my job is to help the governors navigate round the regulatory, budget and educational issues that affect schools.